Our Senior Pastor
After graduating from high school, Matt moved to Sturgeon Bay and attended a Baptist church for about a year before embracing faith in Jesus Christ. He became active in the church, teaching, sharing his faith, and serving as deacon. In 1988, Matt left a supervisory position at a car dealership to pursue pastoral ministry, moving his family to Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, WI.
After graduation in 1992, the DeCleenes moved to Marinette to plant a church. God providentially provided a place for Twin City Baptist Church to meet: the former Sacred Heart Church building. After some much-needed renovations, regular services started at our current site on Sunday, May 3, 1993.
Pastor DeCleene supported his family with other employment until 2000, when the church was able to take him on full-time.
His philosophy of ministry is best described in the words of 1 Corinthians 10:31:
Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Pastor Matt and his wife Vicki have four grown children.
Our Assistant Pastor
Ben Kilcup was raised near Baltimore, MD, and came to faith in Christ at a young age. Ben and his wife Sarah began attending Twin City Baptist while single college students at Northland Baptist Bible College in nearby Dunbar, WI. After marrying, they moved to South Carolina for further education. After serving for a brief time on pastoral staff and teaching music at a K-12 school in central Indiana, Ben was invited to return to Northland to teach in the music department from 2011-2014. In August 2014, our church called Ben to serve as assistant pastor.
Sarah, raised in northern California, received her formal training in Cross-cultural Ministry and has spent several summers assisting churches in Australia and Uruguay.
The Kilcups enjoy hiking, cooking international foods, and reading Curious George.
Our Lay Leadership
Our church is congregationally run and pastor-led. A seven-member leadership board consisting of the deacons and pastors serves by providing direction in day-to-day operational tasks and Christian discipleship.